Rio Ferdinand spots major Arsenal problem and sends warning to Mikel Arteta over Bukayo Saka
'They need to take care of Saka!'
The Gunners lost their unbeaten start to the Premier League season at the weekend following a controversial defeat at Newcastle having crashed out of the Carabao Cup three days earlier following a 3-1 reversal at West Ham.
Mikel Arteta was without the services of skipper Martin Odegaard, which placed an even greater creative burden on Bukayo Saka who struggled to exert any influence on a contest that looked destined to end goalless before Anthony Gordon’s winner.
Saka suffered an injury prior to the recent international break prior to which his run of 87 consecutive Premier League starts was brought to an end and he has struggled to regain his best form since making his return.
Ferdinand feels too much responsibility has been placed on the England international’s shoulders and is concerned Saka could go the same way as Michael Owen, who was forced to adapt and change his game following the spate of injuries he suffered just as his career should have been heading into its prime.
He told Vibe with Five: ‘I’ve noticed one thing, when Saka isn’t on it you don’t have any real creativity and Odegaard as well.
‘It’s a bit like Manchester United when Bruno and Rashford aren’t scoring or creating we don’t look like a threat. Arsenal seem quite similar.
‘He’s played a lot of games. I’m not worried but I’d really be looking at that. Michael Owen’s a good yardstick for that.
‘Boy wonder came in, played every week back-to-back for probably two, three, four years. Look what happened to him.
‘They need to take care of Saka.’
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